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Publisher's Summary

The Metro books have put Dmitry Glukhovsky in the vanguard of Russian speculative fiction alongside the creator of Night Watch, Sergei Lukyanenko. A year after the events of Metro 2033, the last few survivors of the apocalypse, surrounded by mutants and monsters, face a terrifying new danger as they hang on for survival in the tunnels of the Moscow Metro. Featuring blistering action, vivid and tough characters, claustrophobic tension and dark satire, the Metro books have become bestsellers across Europe.

©2009 Dmitry Glukhovsky; English translation 2013 Andrew Bromfield (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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A big step down from the original

The book:
Unlike Metro 2033, which follows the accounts of Artyom, this book is told in first person from about 4 different characters (Hunter, Homer, Sasha, and Artyom (for a very small portion)). There are multiple switches between each character within each chapter. This sometimes is done very cleverly, leaving you on an exciting cliffhanger; but most of the time it feels like it just gets in the way of the story. Another downside to this is, 2 of the 3 major characters I did not find very interesting at all and felt myself wishing that they would just focus on Hunter. This book has extremely little connection to the first novel, it is not a direct sequel, its almost like a spiritual successor. The story was FAR less action packed than the first novel. There are almost no battles with mutants in the entirety of the novel; no fights between factions; very few action sequences where characters are battling for survival in the bleak Moscow Metro. Instead of Artyom's quest across the entire metro, through hostile factions, up onto the surface to explore red square and the Kremlin like in 2033, this is the story of a few people traveling to a somewhat nearby station to access a potential threat to the metro. The author was clearly trying to focus on creating a more romantic and philosophical theme that ended up being rather heavy handed. All in all, its worth listening to if you were a big fan of the first novel (especially if you plan on completing the trilogy) but if you're looking for the same action packed and post-apocalyptic setting as the first novel, it may be a let down.

The narrator:
Just like in the first novel, Rupert Degas does a fantastic job of narrating the audiobook. He does a different sounding Russian accent for every character you come across in the book. The story wasn't the greatest, but the performance of Rupert Degas is some of the best I've ever heard of any audiobook I've ever listened to.

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Nothing to do with first book or games.

It was hard to follow right out of the gate. I had to give this one a second listen. It has nothing to do with the first book or either of the video games. You are very deep into the story before they bring up the main character from the first book and his inclusion will make you wish they left him out of this story. This book is about Hunter, a young girl, an old man and a mysterious virus. It is a good story, set in the same dark and scarey METRO system of Moscow. The author didnt tie the two books together enough for me I guess. He does have the protagonists big reveal tie into the dark ones but waites almost untill the end of the book to do it. I guess if you really want to learn more about the dark ones and what became of them, you'll just have to play the video games. Still, this book is definately worth a listen, just dont go into it expecting to learn anything more about the events and characters of the first book than you already know.

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An average follow up to the splendid 2033

I really loved 2033 and had high expectations on this sequel, but unfortunately it failed to deliver. Even though pretty well narrated by Rupert Degas the story never caught on with me. Glukhovsky didn't manage to recreate the intense and dark feeling that made the first book so special.

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Pales in Comparison to its Predecessor

A strong vocal performance cannot salvage this hasty and heavy handed sequel. The book fails the reconcile it's philosophical musings to the actions of its characters, leaving the listener with a furrowed brow from bewilderment.

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An honestly good story

This is the story about hope and following dreams even if they are rubbish and false. Although not the story of Artyom. It is the story of hunter and his what had happened to him and his resurfacing. Brought through the eyes or Homer and others.

It is really a good read and the performance is brought out very well. Each character comes out in the vocalists work fluidly. Just sit back and enjoy the story.

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not as good as 2033, but still good

not as good as metro 2033, story and performance wise, but still a good listen

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Like a Sophomore Album

This addition to Metro 2033 is about as fulfilling as Michael Crichton's The Lost World was to his Jurassic Park. It was extremely anticlimactic. I kept holding on, hoping that there would be some explosive discovery or some surprising connection to the original story's characters. That never happened. I'd be hard pressed to even summarize the story to a friend because so little happened. The narrator did an amazing job, again. Sadly, he didn't have much of a story to tell. This part of the series has made me know not to pre-order the third addition to the series.

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beautiful but boring

This book had some stunning literary descriptions, but never had the story to compliment it.

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Realy good

It was a bit different campared to the first book but the Metro feel is still there and I an glad to hear that its the same narrator as in the first book

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not syfi ,how to write a book,

What disappointed you about Metro 2034?

it bounces from one time to another

What was most disappointing about Dmitry Glukhovsky’s story?

couldn't find solid basis for the story

Would you listen to another book narrated by Rupert Degas?

1one more try

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  • Connor Mc Cann
  • 05-10-18

decent read, slower pace compared to first book

definitely worth to read if you enjoyed the first book.
however it's pace is a lot slower and you should not place unreasonable expectations for it to be the same as 2033.

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  • Adam Sears
  • 08-07-17

Forgettable story

Didn't like the story that much, the first book was much greater in this regard. But the voice acting was spot on.

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  • P
  • 06-26-17

too slow

I really struggled to finish it. I've read the first in the series and found that one slow, but it built up to a good finish. This book seemed to do nothing more than describe and build a story, without actually telling one. There was no climax and no excitement, when it finished it was a real surprise!

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  • Mr J C Edwards
  • 04-04-18

Fantastic

Just like the first book i could not stop listening. Great performance of another superb book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-19-18

alright on its own, not as good as the first

not as good as the first, a bit too all over the place, but still good, with likable characters that get you to see it through to the end

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  • wookiewacker
  • 10-04-17

Not as good as the first

Weaker story and hard to follow at first, I also don't like the way they have translated the station names in this one

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  • Stephen house
  • 02-05-19

Not a sequel

2033 is far better and I would have thought 2034 would continue the story of artyom but it doesn’t it’s very descriptive but sometimes confusing as the story flips between characters

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  • mr hancox
  • 03-16-14

Metro

Would you try another book written by Dmitry Glukhovsky or narrated by Rupert Degas?

No

What could Dmitry Glukhovsky have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Sorry not my type of book I could not get my head round the story

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Rupert Degas?

He was very good

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Metro 2034?

Could not finish the book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-13-19

Confusing to start, but comes together really nicely

At first I did find the story kind of al over the place. I would have expected Artyom to feature as a main character but he only makes a few brief appearances. As the story went on and I got to know the other characters, I really enjoyed the story. Because of artyoms brief appearances and how al the characters individual stories all come together, I really feel like this is more a prequel to the next book rather than a sequel to 2033, although I’m yet to read 2035. For anyone who struggles at the start to stay invested I the story I would say stick it out you won’t regret it. Outstanding storytelling from Degas as per

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  • Tommi
  • 04-15-19

Could be better

The story was not as good as it was in 2033, but the book was still quite ok.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-21

As awesome as the first

Great book. As great as the first but different.
I absolutely love the Narrator. He does an amazing performance. Looking forward to the 3rd book.

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  • Joe
  • 06-19-21

Book Two; excellent!

A slightly different style to the first book but very immersive. I really enjoyed it and Rupert Dagas brings the book to life with his superb performance.

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  • Jack Hebden
  • 01-20-21

just boring

didn't make a lot of sense, too many stories going on. not a continuation

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-21-20

Good, not as captivating as 2033

Great book, I just wasn't gripped as much by these characters as I was in 2033. It was a bit harder to follow and less 'spooky', where people transited from station to station much easier than they could've in 2033. overall great edition to the trilogy

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  • Rob
  • 04-05-20

👌 Amazing book

So satisfying the tone and setting amazingly atmospheric more words added here unnecessarily still more and more

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  • Adam Michael
  • 10-12-19

Beautifully written

Excellent narration, only change would be to have female voice actors for their parts, as it’s clearly a male attempting a female voice.

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  • Joss
  • 10-02-19

great story; pretty good production.

I really enjoyed the story. It can get a little bit self involved but that is the writers style. the narration was good and the production was very well done. it would have been better to have male and female voice actors for the respective male and female parts.

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  • Geoff
  • 05-28-19

Terrible and pointless

Terrible and pointless, just meanders from nowhere to nowhere, then ends.
Such a pity as I loved the first book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-27-17

great loved every second of it

loved it so much will definitely get the rest of them great reader wish he read the other ones

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  • Kathleen
  • 02-28-17

truly powerful.

A brilliant story. Almost as good as the first, but not quite. Highly recommended all the same